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Package Date Codes

 

Question:

How can I tell if the product I just purchased is still fresh? What does the manufacture code located on a package of a Carr's® product mean?

Answer:

The manufacture code on our packages indicates the date that the product should be consumed by to ensure that it meets our high quality standards. After this date, the product will still be safe to eat, but the vitamin and mineral levels may have declined and you may notice a change in texture or flavor.

The format of the manufacture code on our packages varies by product. Each code contains a combination of letters and numbers. In the examples provided below, a product stamped with any of the following codes is recommended to be consumed by November 1, 2010:

NOV0110 PM
11010CG
T11010

In the last two codes, the first two digits represent the month, the next two the day and the last digit indicates the year.

The Carrs products that are produced in the United Kingdom may use a date code that looks like this:
1220

In this case the first digit is the last digit of the year the item expires (2011) and the next three digits stand for the day of the year. So crackers with this date expire the 220th day of 2011.

A table converting day number to a date is available here:
http://disc.gsfc.nasa.gov/julian_calendar.shtml